Coronavirus Emergency Funding for our Greater Washington Jewish Community
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, The Jewish Federation has mobilized our community to protect our most vulnerable individuals and vital institutions.
Most recently, Federation opened the Jewish Community Coronavirus Response Fund to address diverse and critical needs our community members are facing. Contributions to the fund will go directly to supporting individuals struggling with financial distress, food insecurity, physical and mental health challenges, and more. Funds will also be used to support institutions that are providing essential services to vulnerable populations—and that are struggling themselves with capital shortages, lost revenue, and staff layoffs.
Since March 19, we have raised more than $4.2 million from more than 400 donors. This is a testament to the strength and compassion of our community members.
So far, Federation’s Executive Committee approved $1,250,000 in grants and loans to address the most immediate needs. This initial funding, recommended by the Emergency Response Committee chaired by Susie & Michael Gelman and Melanie & Larry Nussdorf, is only the beginning.
INITIAL GRANT FUNDING APPROVED AND ALLOCATED:
Addressing Financial and Food Insecurity
TOTAL: $450,000 in initial grants*
|Yad Yehuda||$80,000||To support programs like Tomchei Shabbos and the Capital Kosher Pantry, and provide emergency cash and food assistance to individuals|
|Hebrew Free Loan**||$150,000||To increase the number of interest-free loans distributed and the threshold amount to support the community|
|Rabbi Emergency Fund||$80,000||To empower rabbis throughout Greater Washington to support their congregants in need|
|Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)||$50,000||To redeploy existing staff to quickly and efficiently expand support to the community, particularly with cash and food assistance|
|The Adel Fund||$80,000||To provide support for short-term basic needs, including mortgage, rent, and medical payments, as well as counseling for help individuals solve issues like job applications and money management|
*An additional $10,000 in grants have been approved by Federation’s Executive Committee, but have not been allocated
**Federation has allocated $100,000 to Hebrew Free Loan, and the Rales Foundation has committed a matching grant of $50,000.
Supporting Institutions with Payroll Challenges
TOTAL: $800,000 in initial loans
|Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia||$500,000||To provide health insurance for furloughed or laid-off staff and prepare for eventual reopening.|
|Bender JCC of Greater Washington||$150,000||To delay workforce reductions, maintain core functions, and provide ongoing access to virtual programming.|
|Jewish Foundation for Group Homes||$150,000||To provide essential services while reducing virus exposure risk for staff and residents|
Please donate today to help us continue to support those who are suffering from the effects of Coronavirus.
Thank you for making critical impact on individuals and institutions that make our community strong.